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Thank you for visiting the Tenmeido website.

Our motto is "Rakuzaikachu", "fun is in sweets, ..."

We aim to make sweets that make everyone smile by having them enjoy safe and delicious sweets.

Starting with a product lineup closely related to the Kumamoto / Kawashiri area, we offer original sweets that are not bound by Japanese or Western styles.

I am studying every day. There is also a coffee shop where you can relax when you pass by.

Please drop in at the Kawajiri and Shirafuji stores.


Company Profile

Founded over 200 years ago, Eijiro 4th (Japanese confectionery business at Kawajiri Sotojo in the first year of the Meiji era) from the first Juhei Kitagawa (starting candy making in Tamana) in the Tenmei year, Kawajiri Jingu-mae in the Taisho era, and a new factory in Akita-cho in 1986. Construction and hygiene have been further enhanced. The head office was relocated to Kawajiri Okamachi (1-chome) in 1996, and the factory store was relocated to Shirafujicho in 2007. In order to reward the trust and patronage of our company for eight generations, we have been studying all the products day and night, and we answer with sufficient credit and responsibility in terms of quality and flavor by carefully selected raw materials and advanced technology. increase.

Company name General partnership Kitagawa Tenmeido

Head office location

1-3-39-2 Kawashiri, Minami-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto 861-4115

Contact TEL 096-357-9225 FAX 096-358-4543

Representative Hiromi Kitagawa (8th generation)

Business description Manufacture and sale of Japanese and Western confectionery

Capital 6 million yen

Founded Tenmei year

Established October 1, 1952

History of Tenmei-do


Tenmei era (1781-1788)

Get off from the former samurai in Takase, Tamana City, and start manufacturing the first rice candy under the name of Aokiya (Aokiya)

Keio year

2nd generation Aokiya (Kitakawa) Juhei (1796-1868)

The surname was changed to Kitagawa's surname, and rice candy was sold there, and Takase candy was widely sold and gained popularity.


3rd generation Jihei Kitagawa

Rice candy manufacturing industry in the same area of Takase Town

Meiji 2

With an eye on Kawajiri Town, which prospered as a port town, a rice candy manufacturing and wholesale store and a soba shop were also opened.


4th generation Eijiro Kitagawa

Manufactured baked confectionery and rakugan in Kawajiri-cho, the same area, and prospered at the wholesale and retail stores of Kitagawa Confectionery.

30th year of the Meiji era

5th generation Hatsujiro Kitagawa

After learning how to make rice candy from his father and training at Sawaya, the only namagashi shop in Kawajiri, he started making Japanese sweets.

Wholesale sweets to 60 rural stores by ox cart

Taisho 13

Moved to Kawajiri Jingumae

Showa 3

Since it was founded in the Tenmei era, it was changed to "Tenmei-do".

Showa 16

New store housing and factory built but reduced due to wartime regulations


After the end of the war, he restarted rice candy production and earned a living as a dietary supplement for breast milk.


6th generation Hatsuki Kitagawa

Opened a store specializing in Japanese and Western confectionery manufacturing by lifting the sugar ban


Established a partnership company Kitagawa Tenmeido


Construction of a new factory in Akita Town

7th generation Kazuki Kitagawa


Moved the head office to Kawajiri Okamachi (1-chome)


Moved factory store to Shirafuji-cho


Through the activities of a group of local confectionery stores [Kaikai Seri Rokuka Takumi]

Received the Suntory Regional Culture Award

First year of Reiwa

​ Shirafuji store demonstration space renewal

8th generation Hiromi Kitagawa

1-3-39-2 Kawashiri, Minami-ku, Kumamoto 861-4115

TEL096-357-9225 FAX096-358-4543

Business hours 9:00 to 19:00

No regular holidays (New Year's Day only) 10 parking lots

Traffic access:

  • 8 minutes walk from Kawashiri Station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line.

  • In front of the Sanko Bus Kumamoto Kogei Kaikan

  • About 30 minutes by car from the Kyushu Expressway Mifune Interchange

3-6-1 Shirafuji, Minami-ku, Kumamoto 861-4112

TEL096-274-0606 FAX096-274-0898

Business hours 9:00 to 19:00

Store holiday Sunday (except during events)

8 parking lots

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